Latest Blogs in Business Tax
Ian Piper
1st June 2023 IR35 “Show” Cases: Where are we now?

Although it has been with us since 1999, IR35 tax rules will probably be unfamiliar to most readers. These anti avoidance rules were introduced to stop workers reducing their taxes by structuring their affairs to get paid via their own personal service company. Where ‘caught’ by IR35, such arrangements would then collect the same amount…

Rob Dedman
9th May 2023 Taxes: Honesty is the best policy

Whether you are self-employed, run a business, are a property landlord, an investor or have overseas income and gains, mistakes can occur when dealing with your taxes, reporting and making the relevant disclosures to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).   Whilst the idea of making mistakes and errors can be worrying and of concern, so…

Ian Piper
3rd May 2023 Tax traps: Beware

With the UK tax system as complicated as ever, there are certain rules which we come across that can very easily give a particularly unexpected (and unpleasant) consequence. Income Tax When either parent has taxable earnings over £50k (after personal pension contributions), entitlement to child benefit is reduced. As higher rate income tax starts at…

Whitings LLP
13th April 2023 Purchasing A Car Through A Limited Company

In light of the increase to corporation tax rates, effective 1 April 2023, you may be considering how to reduce your corporation tax liabilities. One option is purchasing a car through your limited company – the key points to consider in your decision are as follows.   Investment allowances on purchases of motor cars: First…

Sarah Lockhart-White
9th April 2023 R&D tax relief : HMRC enquiries are on the rise

As HMRC have experienced an increase in the number of SME Research & Development (R&D) tax relief claims being made by companies, so have they witnessed a number of fraudulent claims being made. To tackle this abuse, HMRC have established a tax credit compliance team to deal with R&D enquiries.   If a company receives…

Ellen Carter
6th April 2023 VAT registration turnover threshold breached?

With many businesses seeing a return to pre-pandemic trading levels, now is an ideal time to review your SME’s VAT status.   Businesses must compulsorily register for VAT where ‘VAT-able’ supplies (which is usually, but not always, your turnover), on a rolling 12 month basis, exceeds £85,000. Voluntary registration, however, can take place with turnover below this…

Keri John
5th April 2023 Flat Rate VAT: What You Should Know

The flat rate VAT scheme is available to any business with taxable annual sales of £150,000 or below, excluding VAT. It was introduced in 2003 to ease the administration needed for small businesses by simplifying the VAT return process. Once you have joined the scheme you can remain until your total VAT-Inclusive business income exceeds…

Richard Alecock
31st March 2023 50 Years of VAT!

On 1st April 2023, VAT celebrates its 50th anniversary since it was first introduced in 1973. VAT is a tax placed on a product or service at each stage of its production and distribution. VAT is an important source of revenue for the Government.   The History of VAT VAT was first introduced in France,…

Joe Fretwell
23rd March 2023 HMRC go paperless: P11D forms

From 6th April 2023, HMRC will no longer accept paper P11D and P11D(b) forms. All submissions, for the 2022-23 tax year onwards, will have to be made through HMRC’s PAYE Online Services or commercial payroll software.    This change also affects how amended P11D and P11D(b) submissions must be made. Historically, amendments could only be…

Mike Blackledge
20th March 2023 The complexities of farming diversification

The ever-changing farming industry is one that provides a multitude of complexities for accountants and tax advisers, not only from the day to day aspects of the business, but also with the historical family arrangements to the issues of ownership and succession.   With the forthcoming changes to subsidies both in terms of the conditions…